Austin Reed is happy to finally call the South, his home again. Austin was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina and joined the 5NEWS team in May 2013, as weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Austin works out of both the Fayetteville and Forth Smith newsrooms.
Austin loves meeting the folks of Northern Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, sharing their stories and making history, all at the same time.
When Austin isn’t working, he loves to spend time with his wife and pets (one dog and two cats), try new restaurants, enjoy the state’s gorgeous outdoors, volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and root for his favorite basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
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The Fayetteville School District has received eight applications for the superintendent job, as the School Board reviewed the applicants Thursday night. The school district released a list Thursday of the applicants, which includes three superintendents from Arkansas school districts—Robert Ross from Mansfield, Denny Rozenberg from Bearden and William Thurman from Cabot. “This is our first opportunity to review the applications submitted, and we will see if we want to bring each person in for an interview,” said School Board President […]
The Arkansas Board of Education approved waivers for 75 school districts across the state, allowing schools to restructure their calendars after missing excessive numbers of school days because of inclement weather. The state board met Thursday and approved waiver requests that now will shorten the required 178 days of instruction for Arkansas schools seeking not to extend classes into mid-June. At least 60 school districts have canceled part of their scheduled spring break in an effort to meet the minimum […]
Because of a new exit being built off of Interstate-540 in Springdale to ease congestion, traffic at times for the next two and a half weeks will move at a much slower pace. Northbound and southbound traffic along the interstate is scaled back to one lane each between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Monday through Friday, as crews work to connect Don Tyson Parkway to the interstate. Springdale city officials said the extension will allow travelers an alternative to the […]
The deadline is approaching for American citizens to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, as medical consumers have less than two weeks to sign up for the health plan. Medical centers in Northwest Arkansas are seeing a rush of people wanting coverage under the new federal health care law. People only have until March 31 to sign up. Rogers residents can walk through the front doors at Physicians Plaza at Mercy Medical Center. An information booth is set up […]
18-year-old Seth Adams, accused in a recent bomb scare, had his arraignment rescheduled for March 31st in Washington County. The Fayetteville teen was arrested in February after police say they found a pipe bomb in the back seat of his car while responding to a suicide call. Police and members of the Bentonville Bomb Squad responded to a bomb scare call in a Fayetteville neighborhood, authorities said. The bomb was disabled, and the area was declared safe. “I had a […]
Snow fell in Fayetteville, Sunday (March 16, 2014). Only about an inch fell, but did not stick to everything. Major roads such as Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Weddington, and College Ave. all looked clear with no signs of ice or snow on the ground as of early this evening Steep roads such as Dickson St. are clear as well and causing drivers no issues. According to the Arkansas State Police, traffic on the interstates moved at general pace and […]
Rogers police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with Wednesday night’s blow dart attack in Rogers, which injured a 21-year-old woman. The boys face misdemeanor charges of third-degree battery. They have been cited and released, according to the Rogers Police Department. Police responded around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade area, where Dalia Gallegos was hit in the abdomen with a blow dart, according to the Rogers Police Department. The suspects are 16 and 17 years old. They were […]
One person was injured in a rollover accident on Arkansas 16 near Elkins on Friday (March 14), authorities said. The driver of a paint truck was extracted from the wrecked vehicle and was treated behind a raised white sheet at the scene, officials said. Crews worked at the truck site for about an hour to extract the driver. The driver was flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital. His condition was not immediately known. The tractor-trailer overturned in a single-vehicle […]
Rogers police are seeking a suspect in a blow dart attack that injured Dalia Gallegos on Wednesday night (March 12), officials said. Police responded around 7:10 p.m. to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade area, where Gallegos was hit in the abdomen with a blow dart, according to an entry on the Rogers Police Department Facebook page on Thursday (March 13). Her injury was minor, police said, although Gallegos did go to Mercy Medical Center in Rogers on Thursday to check on […]
The Bella Vista Animal Shelter is offering a reward for information related to a dog that was found bloody with a chain around its neck on a Benton County highway. The dog had to be put down because of its injuries a few days later. The reward has been set at $2,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the injury and death of the little black Bella Vista dog. “He […]
The fire that destroyed a Rogers car dealership early Wednesday morning has been ruled an arson by local fire investigators, according to the Rogers Fire Department. Crews responded shortly before 3 a.m. to 2004 S. Eighth St., where a fire had consumed a building. Firefighters battled the fire, but the building was destroyed, according to the fire department. The location is listed as Mickey Beagle Autos. No one was hurt in the fire, although several vehicles and pieces of high-end […]